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  1. Sumo needs to get some of those Swiss corporate lawyers in there. Maybe they can have one basho in Qatar every year, that will surely bring in the bucks.
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    Akebono dead at 54

    Oh man, that sucks. RIP. Good time to revisit his dohyo-iri at Nagano in 98'. Whatever the circumstances (I read Takanohana was ill at the time?), it's so cool that he was afforded the honor as the first foreign-born Yokozuna.
  3. I think it makes a lot of sense. It's a powerful symbolic gesture and it will be good PR for Miyagino himself.
  4. I'll start this by saying that I've (only) been a fan since March 2020. When COVID lockdowns started, the Youtube algorithm decided to show me sumo videos for some reason and I discovered that I loved it. I've been hooked ever since, and it's become my #1 sport over football (soccer), which has gotten somewhat stale after 20+ years of being a fan. So my opinion isn't as informed as many forum members that have followed the sport for decades and necessarily have a much broader and deeper perspective. That said, in these four years I've read a lot about sumo, watched a lot of videos (including many in black and white), and like all new fans when they're first getting into something I've done this thought exercise many times in my mind. My very safe and uncontroversial list is Hakuho, Taiho, Chiyonofuji, Raiden. The 3 winningest Yokozuna, and the last spot for the platonic ideal of the sumo wrestler with his legendary 96% win rate that never has and never will be replicated. I think it makes for a nice balance between the three very tangible champions of modern times and the still real but quasi mythical figure from sumo's distant past. I thought about including Asashoryu over Chiyonofuji but decided against it. He's my personal favorite and he has a strong claim based on his skill and his numbers, as well as his unparalleled charisma and his significance as the first Mongolian Yokozuna that ushered in the era of Mongolian dominance over the sport, but I think the circumstances of his retirement invalidate him for selection. If he were a president, he would have been impeached, which imo means he can't be on Mount Rushmore as much as I personally love him.
  5. Is it safe to say now that Hakuho isn't being pushed to leave, and that this really is a temporary arrangement with the expectation that he'll reopen his stable after he completes his internship under Isegahama?
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    Haru 2024 discussion (results)

    I'm glad Takerufuji was able to compete and win it himself. What a wild ending.
  7. Leoben

    Haru 2024 discussion (results)

    What a depressing end to the tournament. I really hope Hoshoryu beats Onosato tomorrow, I'll be annoyed if he wins the yusho in these circumstances.
  8. Leoben

    Haru 2024 discussion (results)

    My immediate reaction to Kotonowaka-Takakeisho was "that was weird"
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    Haru 2024 discussion (results)

    I kind of wanted him to win so he could beat Taiho's record, but I imagined the match going like that. Hoshoryu did the same to Onosato in January, different technique but same method. I still hope he takes the yusho though.
  10. Leoben

    Haru 2024 discussion (results)

    That played out exactly as expected.
  11. Leoben

    Haru 2024 discussion (results)

    The church of Takerufuji growing rapidly.
  12. Leoben

    Haru 2024 discussion (results)

    In the battle of unstoppable traps vs immovable object, traps win the day.
  13. Leoben

    Haru 2024 discussion (results)

    I had hopes we'd see a repeat of last tournament where he started slow and ended up dominating, but Terunofuji looks worse than he did in January. At this point in his career I think he's always going to be a slow starter because he can hardly fight any practice bouts and has to find his form on the dohyo, so his overall performance depends very heavily on how the chips fall in those first few days while he's figuring out his condition. This time it looks like he's not doing so great so I hope he pulls out, gets some rest, and hopefully he can come back stronger in May. I always look forward to Hoshoryu vs Asanoyama because I know I'm going to see a cool throw. For a moment it looked like Asanoyama was going to get his first win against nephew but alas, it wasn't to be. I'm always amazed by this head to head because Asanoyama is a very high level yotsu guy and he's a good 30 kg heavier than Hoshoryu. You'd think that would have to count for something but it hasn't so far.
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    Haru 2024 discussion (results)

    Kirishima having a real stinker so far. It looked like nerves clearly got the better of him today, he had a strong position against Ura and... he just sort of dove into him?
  15. I think it depends on what kind of stories we get in the media over the coming days/weeks. If we get leaks that outline a timeline and actions Hakuho must undertake to regain his position, then they really are leaving the door open for rehabilitation. If it's "at some point in the future we'll talk about it" they're inviting him to resign while trying to keep up appearances.